Nursing Home Neglect Suspected in Resident Death; Leg Sores Grew Into Ace Bandages
Police are investigating concerns about possible elder abuse at a nursing home involving an 87-year-old man who died last Friday.
Detectives were called to the nursing home on June 28 to investigate concerns raised by staff about the condition of the man's wounds. Investigators will try to determine whether neglect contributed to the death.
The man had serious sores on his legs, which had been wrapped in Ace bandages. When hospital staff removed the bandages, he said, they found that the sores hadn't been properly cared for.
"The skin had grown over the bandages on his leg," said the police chief. "I've never seen anything like this."
In addition to the sores, the man's catheter was blocked with blood, his genitals were extremely swollen, and he had cuts and abrasions elsewhere on his body. The man suffered from dementia and diabetes, and was unresponsive to hospital personnel.
Hospital staff told detectives the man had been admitted to the hospital previously. During that hospital stay, it was discovered that the man's catheter tube had been wrapped so tightly around his leg that significant swelling had occurred. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Mon, July 20, 2009
by Robert Carter